The first meeting for educators interested in being part of Cincinnati's Preschool Promise is Monday night. Project Implementation Lead Vanessa White says a number of preschool providers have been asking how to get involved. She says Monday's meeting should help educators without high state rankings.
"Those providers who are unrated or one's or two's and who want to improve their quality have been asking as well. So, this is a way for us to broadly start to communicate with those providers."
White says the number of providers that will be selected hasn't been determined. She says Preschool Promise would like a diverse group, including multi-site, single-site, family child care, and parochial providers.
"We hope to start the assessment process in May, no later than June, so that we are able to put those quality improvement supports in place. Because this is about having every child ready for kindergarten and the key to that is being in a quality environment."
Cincinnati voters approved a $48 million levy last November to pay for universal preschool. The first classes start in August.
Monday's meeting is at the Price Hill Rec Center.
Other meetings include:
March 28- Urban League, 3458 Reading Road
March 29- College Hill Rec Center, 5545 Belmont Avenue
April 3- Mount Washington Rec Center, 1715 Beacon Street
All of the meetings are from 6:30 to 8 p.m.